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It's an automatic sidebar now that says Adobe Export pdf, with a bunch of options to convert your file to microsoft word etc or create a pdf, send file, or store files. Ever since this new update, adobe is a mess. Can't I eliminate this sidebar? I don't want it on every pdf file I send
jane burch 490 days ago
The "Tools" area (as well as "Comment" and "Sign") is part of the new in Acrobat and Reader X layout, so I assume you upgraded from a version that is older than X.
You can hide the panels by clicking on the label of the active one: You have the Tools active, so just click on the "Tools" label at the top and it should get hidden.
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Thank you, my adobe was just updated automatically and that tool kept coming up. Can you tell me how I can get rid of this green bar on the top of every page also that says Signature field detected and then on the far right says Open Sign Pane? I can't get rid of that anywhere.
jane burch Commented 490 days ago | Report
This does not get rid of the signature bar which shows up every time I open the files now
Peter Kellogg Commented 488 days ago | Report
Even if you click on the "Sign" tab?
Karl Heinz Kremer Commented 488 days ago | Report
If I click on the sign tab it disappears, but then it's back the next time I open the pdf. I really don't want to send out scripts to theatres and have them think they have to sign.
Peter Kellogg Commented 487 days ago | Report
You cannot control which of the task panes are shown with your document: the user controls that. They would see the same pane (e.g. Tools or Sign) with all the documents they open. I would think that whoever is looking at your documents has seen Reader before and would not assume that they have to sign the document if they've selected the Sign panel. The default pane shown is the Tools pane.
Karl Heinz Kremer Commented 487 days ago | Report
Okay, thanks. I still feel that each user should have the option not to see the signature bar when opened, if they wish, but as you say, what I do will not affect what they see. Thanks again
I have downloaded Adobe Reader X again, and no longer have the problem of the green signature bar. It is no longer "detecting" a signature field. Which to me would mean I am not asking someone to sign. Hope it stay like this.
Sorry, I misunderstood: I thought you were talking about the sign pane on the right.
For whatever reason, your installation of Reader must have gotten corrupted, and it detected a non-existent signature field.
Got it. Thanks!
Are you saying we should re-install the Adobe Reader X to have the green bar go away?, as I agree each reader I send a pdf file should not have to see that green bar (sorry I am not very technical :) If this is the case and we need to re-install, then the automatic updates all must of been corrupted because alot of people are complaining about this.
jane burch Commented 487 days ago | Report
Well I just removed it and reloaded the program and it did not work for me, I still have the green bar :(
This problem is caused by a new feature in version 11.0.3, which tries to determine if a document needs to be signed by the EchoSign service. Having the term "sign" anywhere on the page will trigger this. You can turn this off on a Windows system by using a registry key. Here is more information: http://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/ReleaseNotes/11/11.0.03.html#echosign-integration
And for a layman like me I don't understand this (registry key). I read about this and understand what adobe did, which I believe to be stupid, and they should update this to have a feature to turn off this feature. Is there a simple way, a layman computer user can do this registry key that you refer to?
jane burch Commented 484 days ago | Report
Take a look at my blog post - it contains a way to download a registry file and perform the change with a simple double-click: http://khkonsulting.com/2013/05/no-signature-required/
Ok, I was very excited to go to your blog, and just went through your one click process and tested this, but it didn't work? It showed that my registry was updated. I created a word document and just put in it sign and signature and converted to a pdf and when I opened it up the evil green bar was there. What happened? Am I to re-start my computer for the registry to take effect?
Which OS are you using? Did you use the fie for Reader or for Acrobat? What software are you using, Reader or Acrobat?
You need to restart Reader or Acrobat, but not the computer.
Karl Heinz Kremer Commented 484 days ago | Report
I am using Reader and I used the file for Reader. I have Windows XP Professional
Actually it's very strange, I just did some documents that clearly have the word signature in it, and it's a pdf file and the green bar was no where to be found,so I re-did the same test again after seeing this file above and the green bar is no where to be found. Very odd, but I hope it remains gone for ever. Thanks Karl!!
Maybe you had not fully closed Reader. Even if you close all documents, it may still hang around.
Karl Heinz Kremer Commented 483 days ago | Report
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